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  • Intel Next-Gen OSS Drivers Out!

    Intel also announced a new site @ http://intellinuxgraphics.org/

    The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of free software drivers for the Intel? 965 Express Chipset family graphics controller. These drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the newest generation Intel graphics architecture.

    As with any free software project, this release represents only the beginning of an ongoing commitment by Intel to work with the X.org and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance the drivers. While these drivers represent significant work at both Tungsten Graphics and Intel?as our first release of this code?they're still in need of significant testing, tuning, and bug fixing before they will be ready for production use. We're releasing them now to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing free software drivers for Intel hardware.
    Some of my comments about Intel's new drivers today can be found in a CNET article due out any minute, and right now I am working on some benchmarks of these new drivers for Phoronix.

    Feel free to discuss.
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

  • #2
    This is great!

    If it works nicely, I think I'll start to leave out 'nvidia gpu' on the list of requirements for my new laptop.

    Looking forward to those benchmarks and hearing how it works with xgl/aiglx.

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    • #3
      Grats on the quote on C|Net Michael... that's awesome. Good to see Intel caring about Linux... even to go as far as a dedicated domain. Good stuff.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rob Williams
        Grats on the quote on C|Net Michael... that's awesome. Good to see Intel caring about Linux... even to go as far as a dedicated domain. Good stuff.
        Thanks, I do some consulting for CNET from time-to-time. I am also working on possibly an interview with the head of Intel's Linux Graphics department in the next coming days and I am also working on some other information to pass along as well.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          No benchmarks in this article (ET was also laggy), but a few thoughts were shared, and AIGLX was tested... http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=7148

          If there are any specific items you would like more information on or tests, just post.
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            Oh ok, I had no idea. Seriously cool though

            In the last picture there, what's that breaking apart effect? Is that the video driver screwing up when you were trying to test out a game?

            I am not that knowledgable on integrated video at all, but what was the option prior to these drivers? Were you able to play games without it before, and is the performance better or worse with an official driver? I look forward to reading your findings.

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            • #7
              The artifacts in the first and third pictures is from the breaking effect when closing windows in AIGLX.

              Intel's Linux drivers have been open-source for a while. Today's announcement is basically that it's updated, supports 965 Express, and has a dedicated website. Previously, the results were similar using the i915 and Enemy Territory.
              Michael Larabel
              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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              • #8
                @ Michael

                I'm intrested in what type of performance does the 965 Express have? In comparison to Nvidia and ATI. Is it safe to say that it will be able to play ut2004 and other games of the like?

                Being that the 915G (Grantsdale) came out in 2004 have they improved on this ? Also is this just a linux related issue of the 915G and getting bad gameplay. Sorry I just found your news about this and am just learning. I never knew there was an open source alternative for GPU's

                Though none the less this is great news thanks!

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                • #9
                  hooray for intel

                  let's hope this weighs on AMD/ATI's mind.............

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                  • #10
                    The Intel 915G uses the GMA 900 while the 965 Express uses the GMA 3000. The 965 Express should technically be able to support Unreal Tournament 2004, but I have yet to try it myself (though I will when time permits).
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Michael
                      No benchmarks in this article (ET was also laggy), but a few thoughts were shared, and AIGLX was tested... http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=7148

                      If there are any specific items you would like more information on or tests, just post.
                      It's worth noting that the board you're using isn't the one you want to attempt doing gaming performance testing on- the i915 chipset has the GMA 900 GPU core integrated into the chipset.

                      The i965G chipset has the first potentially usable integrated GPU, the GMA x3000. Here's the from the 10000 foot level scoop on both GPUs...


                      GMA 900

                      - 256 bit architechture
                      - 1.3 Gpixel/1.3 Gtexel fill rate
                      - No T&L support on chip
                      - OpenGL 1.4 support
                      - Vertex Shader model 2.0
                      - Single unified graphics pipeline

                      GMA X3000

                      - 256 bit architechture
                      - ~5 Gpixel/5 Gtexel fill rate
                      - Hardware T&L
                      - OpenGL 2.0 support
                      - Pixel Shader model 3.0
                      - Vertex Shader model 3.0
                      - 8 unified graphics pipelines


                      Very big difference between the two. While still not a barn burner, it's largely on a parity with the low-to-middle end GPUs that are typically fielded in laptops and most of the UMA motherboards out there. You probably want to see if they carry through on the promise that the x3000 offers by getting a G965 based motherboard.

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                      • #12
                        We will have access to 965 Express motherboards for testing, though we have not had the time yet to run through our array of tests. We hope to report some results soon.
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michael
                          We will have access to 965 Express motherboards for testing, though we have not had the time yet to run through our array of tests. We hope to report some results soon.
                          Cool. I can tell you that I can only hope there's something compelling in the drivers they just released- well, with the GMA X3000, that is. It would be nice to see AMD turn around and step up to the plate like Intel has and do the same sort of thing. The performance with the x300 GPU on my Athlon64 laptop has been nothing short of disappointing under Linux- I largely can't do any 3D game porting work with it (Thankfully for me, I'm on Disciples 2 right now, the prior project I was on is just being beaten on one last time before it goes officially Gold...) What's sad is that it works reasonably well under Windows- so it's not the GPU itself.

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                          • #14
                            so are they truly opensource?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Licaon View Post
                              so are they truly opensource?
                              Apparently not... <*SIGH*> One would have hoped for more from them- but I guess it's still time to kowtow to the media companies- never mind that they're much, much smaller than the other industries they keep screwing up just to prop up their own business model. What's so disappointing is that the electronics industry keeps letting them call the shots.

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